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FILE - In this March 24, 2014, file photo, NFL officiating director Dean Blandino speaks during a news conference at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Blandino told a gathering of Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday, April 24, 2014, that in an effort to have on-field action in which the players are respectful to each other, coaches, officials and fans, there will be a heavy emphasis on reducing taunting. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

FILE - In this March 24, 2014, file photo, NFL officiating director Dean Blandino speaks during a news conference at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Blandino told a gathering of Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday, April 24, 2014, that in an effort to have on-field action in which the players are respectful to each other, coaches, officials and fans, there will be a heavy emphasis on reducing taunting. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

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